The Tax War on Soda

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April 10 2009 8:19 AM

The Tax War on Soda

The food police are closing in on their next target: a soda tax.

Writing in the New England Journal of Medicine , they propose a penny-per-ounce excise tax on "sugared beverages." That's nearly $3 per case. Why so much? Because this tax, unlike the petty junk-food taxes of yesteryear, is designed to hurt. Its purpose is to discourage you from buying soda, on the grounds that soda, like smoking, is bad for you.

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Will Saletan writes about politics, science, technology, and other stuff for Slate. He’s the author of Bearing Right. Follow him on Twitter.